A 49-unit permanent supportive housing facility opened Friday in the heart of South Los Angeles to shelter formerly unhoused families and transitional-age youth.
Mayor Eric Garcetti joined representatives of the Coalition for Responsible Community Development, L.A. Family Housing and Councilman Curren Price in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Residences on Main, located at 6901 S. Main St.
“It feels amazing to be standing here at this beautiful building, knowing that it’s already making a significant impact on the lives of individuals who will be living here,” Price said. “This is what we envisioned, building an unshakable foundation with pillars of strength that will allow individuals to fulfill their promise, the courage to blaze their own trails and to find their calling in life.”
Tenants of Residents at Main will pay 30% of their income toward rent each month, according to the mayor’s office. Rent subsidies for tenants will be provided by the County Department of Health Services Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool program and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles through Project Based Section 8 vouchers.
Of the 49 units for families and youth, 36 are for transitional-aged youth (ages 18 to 25) and 14 units are set aside for homeless families earning between 30% and 50% of area median income. There’s an additional unit on the property for a manager.
Price said there are currently about 4,800 homeless people in his South Los Angeles district, and about 2,600 of them live on the streets rather than in shelters.
The Coalition for Responsible Community Development will provide on- site case management services to residents. The coalition and L.A. Family Housing secured the property location when it was condemned by the city in 2010.
“What’s really exciting to me … is that this project will bring or allow the young people that are on our streets, once unhoused, to have an opportunity to live in their own unit,” said Mark Wilson, CEO of of the CRCD.
Garcetti said homelessness in Los Angeles is a humanitarian crisis that “predates this difficult year and will postdate it,” referring to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This neighborhood is a great neighborhood and it’s always had great stories,” Garcetti said. “But it’s closed off too many of those stories for too long because of a city that turned its back on the people and the areas that had so much hope.”
Residences on Main has a community garden and courtyard, a playground for children, a computer lab and space for bicycles. It also has ground-level parking and a full security system, according to CRDC.
Price said the facility is the first completed permanent supportive housing complex in his Ninth District, and his district secured $90 million to build another 900 units in five complexes, anticipated to be completed by the end of 2021.